Focus & Rest With an All-Inclusive Personal Retreat
- Comfortable lodging with private bathrooms and work spaces
- Additional work and meeting spaces around the retreat center (including outdoor options)
- 3 farm-fresh meals per day and unlimited snacks included (eat with others, or take your meal to go)
- 2.5 miles of hiking trails adjacent to campus over the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains
- Time and space to relax and focus
- Free on-site parking, or choose transportation options from local hubs
- Choose a stay length of three nights or more, with accommodation options to fit your needs
A personal retreat at the Barn and Retreat Center at Boyds Mills will give you the time and space you need to accomplish your goals, whatever they may be. Every accommodation option includes a personal workspace, and you’ll find various spaces around the grounds to get work done or take a nature walk if you need a change of pace or some inspiration.
They’re great for writers, business people, creatives, and anyone else who needs a focused yet relaxing retreat in a beautiful setting that’s still close to Northeastern US cities.
“Hard to put into words but the whole experience was magical. Being in a nurturing bubble, totally immersed in writing was amazing. No newspapers, no TV, no laundry to do or meals to cook, just writing.”All meals and food are included. You can choose to eat in a group setting if others are on the property, or you can take your meals back to your room.
You can also bring colleagues, friends, or family members (over 18 years old) to retreat with you. Some rooms can accommodate more than one person for sleeping, or we can work with you to situate your accommodations close together. Small groups can schedule a small group retreat, and groups of 10+ can schedule a large group retreat.
Learn More About the Spaces and Places on Our Campus
Choose from private cabins, our Lodge, or the Farmhouse.
We have options for working alone, gathering, and more.
Learn about our meal and snack offerings, all included.
See our beautiful property and facilities.
Now Booking Stays Through the End of 2024
Please note: Openings for personal retreats vary with the planned capacity of our retreat center. Availability is can be limited in the winter season. We can open the retreat center with a confirmed booking of 10+ people in the winter. More dates may also become available as capacity shifts. See the booking links below for more information.
To get help finding open dates, get on a waitlist for closed dates, or to book your group, please contact us.
Please note: Winter availability is limited. Specific dates open for booking through April 2024 include the below. Availability opens more generally in May and beyond. If you have trouble finding a date that fits your needs, contact us.
- Thursday January 11 – Monday January 15
- Thursday January 25 – Sunday January 28
- Thursday February 15 – Tuesday February 20
- Thursday March 7 – Sunday March 17
- Thursday March 23 – Wednesday March 27
- Sunday April 7- Thursday April 11
- Sunday April 21 – Friday April 26
- Friday April 26 – Monday April 29 (Farmhouse only)
- Monday April 29 – Thursday May 2
- General availability May through December 15
More availability may open as our planned capacity shifts. If you can’t find dates you want, contact us to get on a waitlist.
More dates may become available. We can also open the retreat center with a confirmed booking of 10+ people. To get on a waitlist for other dates or book your group, please contact us.
Booking Your Personal Retreat
About Your Stay
Personal retreats have a three-night minimum. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All personal retreat guests must be 18 or older.
The price of your retreat will vary depending on the length of stay and the lodging type you choose.
Our all-inclusive prices mean we provide private lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.
Learn more about how to get here, including shuttle service options from nearby airports and bus stations.
Booking Your Stay
As you book, you will be able to select your preferred lodging options based on availability for your stay dates. See interactive views of our cabins, lodge rooms, and our historic farmhouse to help make your decision here.
Current available dates are derived from the planned capacity of our Retreat Center. More personal retreat space often becomes available as our capacity shifts. To get ask for another date or time frame, contact us at the Highlights Foundation.
If you don’t see availability for your preferred lodging type on the dates you are interested in, or if you are having difficulty finding available dates, we welcome you to contact us at the Highlights Foundation. We can help you locate a stay that works for you.
You are welcome to cancel for a full refund up to a week before your arrival. Any cancellations after that time are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. If you would like your cancellation fee refunded due to a family emergency, illness or weather-related events, please contact us.